IPNLF welcomes new Spanish seafood partner

Leading canning group Jealsa becomes the latest Member of the International Pole & Line Foundation

Galicia’s Jealsa Rianxeira SAU Group has become the latest Member of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the non-profit association that is committed to developing and supporting responsible one-by-one tuna fisheries and supply chains.

Spanish family-owned Jealsa was founded in 1958, specialising in the manufacturing and marketing of canned fish and seafood. Today, the Boiro-based group comprises 26 companies with four key areas of activity: food, fishing and services, environment, and energy. It employs some 4,000 workers.

The group’s canned seafood brands include Rianxeira, Escurís, MareAperto, and Robinson Crusoe. Additionally, it supplies products for retailer Mercadona under the brand Hacendado. It also operates tuna vessels in the Atlantic.

Jealsa sources tuna caught with multiple gear types from around the world. For its pole-and-line products, the Atlantic Ocean is the main origin, but it also procures pole-and-line tuna from the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Its main species is skipjack, followed by albacore.

“At Jealsa, we are committed to long-term sustainability, not only of fishing but also of fishing communities. Alliances with partners such as IPNLF are essential to us because together we can work to improve management of the fisheries.” says Ángeles Claro, Director of Sustainability at Jealsa.

Its commitment to the sustainability of resources is further demonstrated through its creation of a circular economy industry inside the organisation. This values the by-products that are generated by its activities.  

Jealsa becomes IPNLF’s tenth Member from Spain.

Martin Purves, Managing Director of IPNLF, comments, “We are delighted to extend our Membership reach in Spain by welcoming Jealsa into the IPNLF community. It’s a very encouraging indication of the increased engagement of the European market that a group of such size and influence will be working with us.

Purves continues, “In an age of large-scale industrial fishing, it’s essential that small-scale fisheries secure as much support as possible so that they have the opportunity to thrive in current and future supply chains. Therefore, it’s the hope of our growing membership that many more businesses will make similar commitments to sustainable one-by-one tuna.”

Notes to Editors


Established in 1958, Jealsa is one of the largest seafood canning companies in Europe. With its central headquarters in Boiro (La Coruña, Spain), Jealsa integrates 26 companies, grouped in the four areas of activity of food, fishing and services, energy, and environment. Its concern for the conservation of resources and its support for a sustainable industry, has led it to; establish guidelines for the purchase of raw materials that guarantee they come only from responsible fishing practices, give support to all actions aimed at the conservation of the marine resources and fight against IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing activities. Through its commitment to the sustainability of resources, Jealsa has backed the creation of a circular economy industry inside the group, which value the by-products that it generates.



The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) works to develop, support and promote socially and environmentally responsible pole-and-line,0 handline and troll tuna fisheries around the world. IPNLF’s ambition is to contribute to thriving coastal fisheries, including the people, communities, businesses and seas connected with them.  As a hub for sustainably-minded organisations, we use the influence of the market to forge change through practical fishery projects and stakeholder cooperation. IPNLF membership is open to organisations involved in the one-by-one caught tuna supply chain. Allied with our Members, IPNLF demonstrates the value of one-by-one caught tuna to consumers, policymakers and throughout the supply chain. We work across science, policy and the seafood sector, using an evidence-based, solutions-focused approach with guidance from our Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee and Board of Trustees.

IPNLF was officially registered in the United Kingdom in 2012 (Charity 1145586), with branch offices in the UK and the Maldives, and a staff presence in Indonesia, South Africa, France, Germany, the Netherlands, North America and St Helena.


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